Saturday, August 28, 2021
“Watch your health”
Boris Becker worries about Roger Federer
Is Roger Federer returning to the tennis court as a professional? It is possible, but doubts about a comeback of the legend are growing. Even with Boris Becker. He worries that the Swiss will risk his health in order to say goodbye to the tour as an active person.
Germany’s tennis legend Boris Becker has been very cautious about a possible comeback of Roger Federer. “Much more important is that he gets well again,” said Becker in a media round on the TV station Eurosport about the long-time world number one and 20-time Grand Slam tournament winner from Switzerland. The 40-year-old Federer recently reported that he had to undergo knee surgery for the third time. “The rest of his life is still ahead of him. He no longer has to prove to us that he can play tennis,” said Becker of the father of four children.
“I’m more the one who says: take care of your health. You are only 40. So don’t risk everything that you might have permanent damage to your knee, that would be the maximum penalty,” said the 53-year-old old Becker. He was “a big fan” and would like “that Roger’s last game was not the third set against Hurkacz, which was 6-0,” said Becker. In the quarter-finals of Wimbledon, Federer had lost to the Pole Hubert Hurkacz this year – the third set with 0: 6.
He hoped that Federer would be “at least one more time fit and top-notch playful,” said Becker. Federer himself had said in a video on Instagram that he wanted to “give himself a spark of hope to return to the tour”, but also knew “how difficult an operation is at this age”. He himself announced in mid-August that he would have to undergo a third operation on his right knee and that he would be out for months. He only returned to the tour in March after a one-year break and two knee operations.